Why school gardens?
School gardening projects fit easily into the curriculum and enhance studies in a wide range of subjects, but they also have a special value all their own. Some schools have always had gardens, but gardens for teaching have a more recent history.
Perhaps the main benefit is that schools with gardens are healthier schools producing healthier young people with healthier attitudes to life. The schools gardening movement is now spreading fast in all parts of the world.
"The wonderful thing about garden-based learning is that it's a hands-on, minds-on experience where my students and I learn together" (US teacher)
Irish organic gardener and food campaigner Kathryn Marsh writes: "It may not have happened yet in the US but in many (indeed most) European countries organic food production is part of normal school life. Within the next five years I'm prepared to bet that every school here will be producing food, albeit on a small scale, using organic methods. Which means that the gap in generations will have been bridged. Unlike their parents, and even their older siblings, those children will know where food comes from and how it is grown and will have basic skills to build on. I'm betting the US won't be far behind. Twenty years ago the national media were interviewing me as an interesting madwoman, these days they are almost deferential."
-- Message to the Organic Gardening Discussion List, 19 August 2008
The Journey to Forever garden
This growing system is ideal for schools gardens and as a resource for school biology, ecology and environment projects.
In the US the Square Foot Foundation is working to get a garden in every school, with Internet resource links promoting inter-school collaboration and providing expert support.
Our system can even be adapted to conditions in Hong Kong schools which don't have school grounds.
The garden demonstrates that you can build a beautiful organic food garden on top of cement without any soil -- you can make your own high-quality soil by composting food scraps and other wastes. This waste recycling system is clean, hygienic and nuisance-free, and proven to be safe for children and in the home.
The organic waste-recycling system can be extended to homes and other institutions, and has the potential to make an impact on city waste-disposal and pollution problems.
There are many associated sub-projects. Together they offer a wide range of choices for schools.
Some schools gardening resources on the World Wide Web prescribe the use of harsh chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides in classroom projects. We have a few words to say about this.
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